Welcome to the home page of the original Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogy Society. The HCTGS is an Internet based society that was formed April 17, 2001 by a group of enthusiastic genealogists who wanted to share their knowledge of Hamilton County with others on the Internet and provide a forum for fellow researchers interested in the genealogy and history of Hamilton County Tennessee. There is a wealth of information on our website with more being continuously added. If you have Hamilton County information you would like to share on this site, please submit it to the address below. We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often.

Membership in the Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogy Society is open to anyone with an interest in the preservation of the history and genealogy of Hamilton County. There is no financial obligation in becoming a member of the Hamilton County Genealogy Society. Our funding, which is derived from the genealogical services we offer, such as providing death certificates, tombstone photos, and obituaries to researchers, goes to support this web site and other projects in the County. The only requirement for membership is an annual submission of at least one genealogical or historical document for publication on this web site.

Hamilton County Tennessee was created by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee on October 25, 1819 with lands taken from Rhea County. Only lands north of the Tennessee River were included in its boundaries until the Treaty of 1835 added the Cherokee Nation, south of the river.

The county was named for Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury in the administration of George Washington. The first courthouse for Hamilton County was Poe’s Tavern at Poe’s Cross Roads. Later the farm of Asahel Rawlings was selected as the county seat and a log courthouse was erected. The county seat was originally known as “Hamilton County Courthouse” until it was given the name Dallas, in honor of Alexander James Dallas. Dallas remained the county seat until 1840 when it was moved to Vann’s Town and soon afterward to Harrison. In 1870 the county seat was
moved to Chattanooga where it remains today.






Most Unused Resources

If you are like 90% of genealogical researchers, there are resources that are never or seldom ever checked for our ancestors. We all tend to use the same set of resources over and over with each new search. Read More

Genealogy Gedcom 101

One of the biggest advantages to using the Internet for genealogy research is the ability it provides to exchange information with other researchers. One of the most common methods used for this information exchange is the GEDCOM. Read More

Hamilton County Pioneers
The Potters

Moses Potter was one of Hamilton County's earliest settlers. In the Civil War his family had most of its food taken by the soldiers. Two of his grandsons went west and married descendants of the wealthy Rockefeller family. Read More

South Carolina Genealogy Online

 Research and explore your South Carolina genealogy and family history online with these online South Carolina databases, indexes and digitized records collections - many of them free! Read More

Genealogy Webinars and Online Seminars

Explore a wealth of genealogy webinars online, offered by individuals, genealogical societies, and other groups. Read More





Mailing Address:
368 Middle View Drive
Ringgold, GA 30736

If you have Hamilton County
information you would 
like to share on this website, e-mail it to
Dennis Wilson:

Report a broken link:
Webmaster HCTGS.org



"To rescue from oblivion the history of a large and honorable family is a praiseworthy achievement. Somebody must begin the work. It is to be hoped someone will complete it."
Rev. Joseph Woodruff Bozeman, 1885.


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